SeaWorld Entertainments has confirmed that four upcoming SeaWorld Roller Coasters that were previous scheduled to open this year have officially been delayed to 2021.

The confirmation came from the Q2 Earnings Conference Call, revealing that the following coasters would have their openings moved to sometime next year:

SeaWorld Roller Coasters Delayed: Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

One of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s most iconic roller coasters is evolving – Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest, and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. The coaster will be manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction and will be 206 feet tall with a 91-degree drop, reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The roller coaster will feature three inversions and 12 airtime hills as it travels along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. The height requirement will be 48 inches, meaning that families can experience this thrill ride together.

“Iron Gwazi is the evolution of a classic wooden coaster into a modern icon,” said Stewart Clark, park president of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “From the bones of the original Gwazi, a new legend rises, reaching taller heights and faster speeds, delivering the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens.”

This new hybrid coaster will have elements of the former wooden coaster integrated into it, though the steel track and reimagined layout will offer an entirely new experience. The crocodile, known for adapting and thriving over millions of years, is the animal inspiration for Iron Gwazi.

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SeaWorld Roller Coasters Delayed: Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando

Riders will shiver through SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever launch coaster, Ice Breaker. The coaster will feature four launches, both going backwards and forward, with the coaster culminating in a reverse launch that goes into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida – a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle.

Located near the Wild Arctic attraction, this coaster’s theme will reflect its location with a nod to its conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center. The Alaska SeaLife Center is primarily dedicated to marine research, education, and wildlife response.

“The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to grow our partnership with SeaWorld. For many years, SeaWorld has been a stalwart supporter of the Center, and particularly our Wildlife Response program,” said Tara L. Riemer, president and CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center. “We are grateful for SeaWorld’s contributions of funding and staff over the years to further our mission. This new collaboration will continue efforts to highlight Arctic rescue and conservation stories.”

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SeaWorld Roller Coasters Delayed: Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Pantheon will be a record-breaking multi-launch roller coaster. The coaster will be located in the park’s Festa Italia village and will feature four launches and a top speed of 72.5 miles per hour – making it the fastest multi-launch coaster in North America.

Pantheon combines the abilities of five Roman gods in one grand display of strength, speed, and power: Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Minerva, and Pluto. Riders will experience forward and backward launches, two inversions, and a 95-degree drop. The gods will contribute to the theming of the coaster and illustrate its exciting elements.

“Pantheon is going to be non-stop action for riders. We’ve designed it so that the experience is changing all the time and will keep riders wondering what’s next,” said Larry Giles, senior director of design and engineering. “Multiple launches, speed changes, a sharp drop, and backwards acceleration are just a few of Pantheon’s one-of-a-kind traits.”

Check out the full stats of Pantheon below:

  • 95-degree drop
  • Two inversions
  • Four launches
  • Launch 1 speed: 36 miles per hour
  • Launch 2 speed: 50 miles per hour
  • Launch 2 speed (backward): 61 miles per hour
  • Launch 3 speed: 67 miles per hour
  • Track Length: 3,328 feet
  • Maximum speed: 72.5 miles per hour
  • Maximum height: 180 feet
  • Ride duration: 2 minutes
  • Seats/Train: Two trains, 20 riders per train
  • Manufacturer: Intamin Worldwide

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SeaWorld Roller Coasters Delayed: Emperor at SeaWorld San Diego

Meet California’s first-ever floorless dive coaster, Emperor.

Speeding at more than 60 miles per hour, this new coaster will be the tallest and fastest floorless dive coaster in the state. Riders will dangle and drop at more than 150 feet before diving 90 degrees into loops – a tribute to the Emperor penguins’ journey from chilly cliffs to the depths of the ocean.

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